, 2022-08-08 12:25:20,
As summer break comes to an end, teens can celebrate the start of a new school year with music, games, giveaways, dancing, performances, photo booths, and more courtesy of Asheville Parks & Recreation.
Tha After Party: Summer Bash ‘22 takes place from 7-10 p.m. in Pack Square Park (80 Court Plaza) on Thursday, August 18.
The free block party-style event follows a back-to-school fair in the same space for younger students, the United for Youth Block Party.
“Teenage years are unique, to say the least,” according to D. Tyrell McGirt, Director of Asheville Parks & Recreation. “Anyone who works with – or has been – a teenager recognizes the importance of decisions made during this time in building personalities, interests, and foundations for future success. Our team strives to offer diverse programs and activities for everyone in Asheville from toddlers to older adults. Recreational opportunities for teens must include even more variety as these young adults are absorbing so many new experiences. Tha After Party incorporates that same goal with something for everyone. It’s a great way to cap off summer break and get excited about a new school year.”
Teens can expect a high-key mood with a DJ, inflatable jousting ring, games, dance performances from area step troops, giveaways, treats, and appearances from the Carolina Panthers’ Sir Purr, The Asheville Tourists’ Mr. Moon, and UNC Asheville’s Rocky. Slay the Mic’s Elizabeth Lashay will bring fire as the evening’s MC. The evening also promises surprises throughout.
According to McGirt, the last time Asheville teens started a school year without COVID-19 disruptions was three years ago in 2019, so Tha After Party may signal somewhat of a return to normal. While many local back-to-school events take aim at younger students, teens don’t have as many options. During a formative time when hormones, self-doubt, and personal responsibility play outsized roles in physical, cognitive, and emotional development, tailoring the event to this age group is organizers’ top priority. The City of Asheville and other organizations formed the United for Youth network to ensure all local students graduate high school ready to be an active participant in the community and prepared for a trade school, college, or career.
In addition to special events like Tha After Party, Asheville Parks & Recreation offers free programs for teens and young adults including fitness center…
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